Six Lady Cougars Named to NSCAA All-Region Team

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Kansas City, KS  - The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) released their first postseason awards this afternoon with six Columbus State student-athletes being honored. Stephanie Lowery and Kansas Bayly were selected to the first team, Kayla Brown and Kinana Nicholson were second team selections while Catherine Lovin and Mary Mancin were third team members. The All-Region teams are voted upon by the head coaches of their respective regions.

Lowery has been one the best offensive players to come through Columbus State ranking in the top five in both goals (33, third) and points (81, fourth) all-time at CSU.  This season she once again led the team in scoring posting 29 points on 12 goals and five assists.  The Sandy, Utah native was a clutch performer tallying five game-winning goals including the game-winners in both the PBC and NCAA Tournament wins for the Lady Cougars.  This is the second straight year that Lowery was a first team honoree as she was selected as an All-American by the NSCAA last season.   Lowery was also tabbed as an All-American by Daktronics for the second consecutive season earlier this fall.


Bayly, the Co-Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year has been a mainstay of the CSU backline since her arrival in Columbus.  Along with her backline mates and Mancin, the Lady Cougars posted 12 shutouts this season, tied for the 15th most nationally while also ranking 15th nationally with a 0.59 goals against average.  The Lilburn native scored six goals for the team including a pair of game-winnings goals.  Bayly was also named to the Daktronics All-American team earlier this fall while, one of just three Peach Belt Conference student-athletes to receive the honor.


Brown is an attacking defender who is a part of a backline that posted 12 shutouts and allowed just 14 goals all season. The 12 shutouts were tied for the 15th most nationally and the Lady Cougars had just a 0.59 goals against average which also ranked 15th nationally. She also chipped in the on the offensive side of the ball tallying three assists this season. She was selected as a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American earlier this season as well as being on the All-PBC first team. In her freshman season, Brown also made the NSCAA All-Southeast Region Second Team.

Nicholson, the Peach Belt Conference Freshman of the Year, had a great year finishing the season with 10 goals and five assists. Of her 10 goals scored this past season, two of them were game-winners for the Lady Cougars. Nicholson registered her first career hat trick in the regular season finale versus Montevallo.  She also iced the game against Lees-McRae in the First Round of the NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Tournament. The Marietta, GA native was the third Lady Cougar to be named the PBC Freshman of the Year.  
Lovin is the team's defensive midfielder that controls the pace of the game and starts its offensive attacks.  The Griffin native picked up her lone point of the year vs. North Georgia in PBC semifinals helping hand them their second loss of the season.  This is her second regional award of her collegiate career as she was also named to the Capital One/CoSIDA All-Academic District Three First Team earlier this fall. The junior currently boasts a perfect 4.0 grade point average.  

Mancin had an outstanding season between the pipes for CSU.  She was a part all 12 shutouts on the year including nine solo shutouts.  The Gainesville native led the PBC in goals against average with a 0.57 mark which also ranks her sixteenth nationally.  Mancin is one of two goalkeepers in the nation to tally over 2000 minutes on the season. This is the first time that she has made the NSCAA All-Southeast Region team while she was selected to the Daktronics All-Region Second Team earlier this year.



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